Blinken says fighting disinfo ‘vital US national security interest’

Mar18,2024



Seoul: fight disinformation Involved AI-enabled content is an “important” national security interests and diplomatic priority for the United States, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday at one o'clock democracy summit In Seoul.
Blinken is in South Korea this week for the third Summit for Democracy, an initiative of US President Joe Biden that brings together government officials, NGOs and members of civil society.
Saying that digital technologies, including both social media and artificial intelligence, are “dramatically accelerating the pace and spread of disinformation,” Blinken outlined US efforts against the issue.
“Creating a more resilient information environment is a vital U.S. national security interest and an urgent priority for our diplomacy,” he said.
“Today, the State Department is releasing a 'Democratic Roadmap' of recommendations to help people become more aware of and resistant to information manipulation,” he said.
This would include “encouraging social media platforms to label AI-generated content, so that users know when an image is real or when it is not,” he said.
Blinken also outlined a number of efforts to support the media industry, including “prohibiting the misuse of commercial spyware to monitor and harass journalists, human rights defenders and others – including by preventing governments from This includes taking advantage of sanctions, export controls and visa restrictions.” And companies are accountable”.
At last year's summit, 10 countries committed to ensuring that spyware technology was deployed “in a manner consistent with universal human rights and basic freedoms,” he said, and another half-dozen countries, including host South Korea, have committed to ensuring that spyware technology is deployed this year. It has been signed.
Promotional websites typically rely on armies of writers, but generative artificial intelligence tools now provide a much cheaper and faster way to generate content that is often difficult to decipher from authentic information.
Hundreds of AI-powered sites mimicking news outlets have emerged in recent months, causing an explosion of false stories about everything from war to politicians, something researchers say is high-risk around the world. Alarm bells are ringing in a year of elections.
Experts say self-generated misinformation could have a major impact on the US's 2024 election, with many other countries also concerned about the issue, including South Korea, which holds parliamentary elections in April.



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